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35.114 (BF812)

Saltern Groundling   

Scrobipalpa instabilella
Adult: 4
Resident. Rare.

Recording method

Can be disturbed by day.  Comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present from possibly September-May.  From March, the larva feeds in slightly swollen leaves, ejecting frass through a small hole; also in spun leaves which turn grey.  Adults fly June-September.

Larval foodplants



Salt-marshes, mudflats and the banks of tidal rivers.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found on Auchencairn Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 2nd August 2004.

2 record(s) from 2 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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